Jul 28, 2015

House Passes Regulatory Reform to Hold Government Accountable to the People

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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act:

“The Constitution demands a separation of powers between coequal branches of government. That separation has been blurred under the Obama Administration. The executive branch now acts as the legislator, administrator, and judge of regulations created and enforced by unelected bureaucrats. This is not only an affront to our constitutional order, it also blocks the people from having ultimate authority through their elected representatives over the laws that govern them and affect their lives. That means more costs get added on to workers, businesses, and communities across this country without them having any say.

“With this bill, Congress is reasserting its role as the sole legislator and making government more accountable to the people. Unelected bureaucrats shouldn’t have unchecked power, especially if a regulation is going to significantly affect our economy. I want to thank Representative Todd Young (IN-09) and Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) for their continued leadership on this issue.”